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Cool Bihari: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Action Continues...

Meet the CEO…

So finally the Bihar CM is now being branded as the new CEO for Bihar, in a news article in Telegraph the CM has got some sweet remarks about his style of functioning.

People are increasingly confident that Nitish can deliver. “If we look at him from a corporate standpoint, he is a great manager and our best bet in the current political scenario in the state,” Bihar Industries Association president K.P.S. Keshri says.

Japan to help in coming up with a varsity at Nalanda

The Bihar Government gave its approval for setting up an international university near the remains of the ancient Nalanda University after a nine-member Japanese and Indian delegation called on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today.

The project, the Indo-Asian Institute of Learning, is part of President A P J AbdulKalam’s vision, first reported by The Indian Express, for prosperity of Bihar and aimed at reviving the glory of the Nalanda international university, which existed in Bihar earlier than 500 BC.

President Kalam called it ‘‘Renaissance-Nalanda International University’’ and Nitish Kumar has taken the idea seriously.

‘‘We are committed to the project. My government has given the consent and work is scheduled to start soon,’’ said Kumar after meeting the delegation.

Japan is taking the lead in the project and the Japanese Government has given its consent to fund the proposal substantially, the delegation said.

MoUs to tide over power crisis

In a significant step which could go a long way in tiding over the crisis in this power-strapped state, the Bihar government on Monday signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Centre in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Union Power Secretary R V Shahi.
The first two MoUs were signed by the Union power ministry, Bihar government, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation and the Bihar State Electricity Board for renovation and modernisation of Muzaffarpur and Barauni Thermal power stations. “The estimated cost to renovate and modernise Muzaffarpur and Barauni units is Rs 506 crore, which will be met by the Union Government under the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojna,” Mr Shinde said.

Even though the MoU for Muzaffarpur (Kanti) plant was signed in December, it ran into rough weather after it was found that the plant was mortgaged to the Life Insurance Corporation and could not be handed over to the NTPC.

Sunil Mittal, after holding a meeting with the Bihar Chief Minister at his official residence in Patna on Monday, expressed his desire to set up a fertilizer processing plant in Bihar."A special team of experts will soon be arriving in Patna to study the feasibility of the plan so we could take the necessary steps to set up the plant," Mittal said assuring money would not come in the way of his plan.
Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Nitish Kumar on Monday evening, Mittal said Bihar had immense possibility for developing industries and there was no reason why the state could not reach the same height that other developed states have achieved in last decade or so.The Chief Minister extended his invitation to the Mittal Group to come to Bihar and also invest in processing and exporting fruits like Muzaffarpur's Shahi Litchi, mangoes, bananas, and 'makhana'.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Cool Bihari Dude ..

Saurabh Mishra a, a senior in economics, who has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation, wants to raise public awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and provide treatment to at least 10,000 sufferers in his native State Bihar.Mishra is organizing a fundraising drive that will help him launch a major public health campaign in the State of Bihar .

Mishra's work builds on the legacy of his grandfather, who opened a TB sanatorium in 1951. To date, the 100-bed facility has treated more than 80,000 people.

"In 1950, my grandfather left the luxuries of the United States for one of the poorest areas in India because he had this vision 50 years ago of eradicating tuberculosis," said Mishra. "But TB is still a problem. It is inspiring to me to see all his work and to try to complete his vision."

More than 400 million people in India are infected with TB, according to public health estimates. "That's more than the population of the United States," noted Mishra.

Mishra's grandfather, Muneshwar Pathak, was a physician working at a hospital in New York City when he heeded the call from the newly independent India for medical doctors. He left his adopted country and returned to India, where he settled in his hometown of Dehri, Bihar, and dedicated his life to public service.

The Jagjivan Sanatorium evolved from a modest five-bed facility to a full-fledged hospital with a laboratory and x-ray facilities. After medical breakthroughs allowed patients to return home without fear of infecting loved ones, the sanatorium's focus shifted to outpatient treatment. Pathak died three years ago at the age of 95, and the sanatorium needs revitalization, according to his grandson.

"We want to provide excellent care to the weaker members of our society and to those who cannot afford treatment," said Mishra, who was educated in India, England, and California. His goal is to take his TB-prevention campaign to every community within a 50-mile radius of the sanatorium and to treat up to 10,000 patients.

"We must treat those who suffer and prevent further infection if we hope to realize my grandfather's vision of eradication," said Mishra.

Mishra will use the scholarship funds to establish the Dr. Muneshwar Pathak Memorial Foundation for Rural Development, a nonprofit organization that will host a fundraising concert of world music at UCSC next spring. A student in UCSC's dual B.A./M.S. program, Mishra will earn a bachelor's degree in economics in June and will return to campus in September to start work toward his master's degree.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Come on Bihar :Lage Raho....

Positive news from Bihar now apeears to be a regular feature than an aberration. Certainty if the kind of news which seems to be coming from the state is any indicator then we can safely assume that things are really likely to shape up well over the next few months.

In the last two days Bihar govt, has received some encouraging words from various quarters on various actions which has been taken since the new govt has come.

Business Standard has an analysis titled “Get Going Mr. Kumar” which talks about the positive prospects for the State. Its talks about the story of Singapore, West Bengal and opines that if the state has every reason too look forward and leave the odds behind.

It is heartening to note that after a very long time Bihar had a proper Budget on time this year. Mr Prasad used to be content with a vote-on-account till July. Not just that: the Budget was devoted to allocations to schemes that have been approved, which means spending on them can begin right away. He has done many other things in the Budget, which ought to yield results.
Perhaps the best thing which we have seen over the few months is that even previous State Govt ministers from Lalu Yadav’s brigade are also performing very well in the central cabinet. Lalu is himself leading from the front and his performance has been rated as one of the best in the cabinet. I’m sure it’s learning for these folks as they must have realized by now that governance is the key and politics has only a small role to play in popular democracy.

Bihar to be showcased at Stanford University

Chief secretary G S Kang is leading a team of delegates to Stanford University. "The chief minister has a busy schedule. He, therefore, wants a delegation of officials to go there first. Later, in August-September, a delegation of industrialists would go,"Kang said. The official delegation would leave for the US on May 28. The delegation would include planning board chief N K Singh, industries development commissioner (IDC) Vijay Raghavan and agricultural production commissioner (APC) A K Sinha. Kang said the trip would provide a unique opportunity to the state to present itself abroad before intellectuals who are on the boards of various companies and constitute their "brain trust"

According to him, the delegates would showcase Bihar as potential investment opportunity for investors abroad. In perspective, Nitish and his team had an interactive session with the NRIs at their conference in Hyderabad last year, which PM Manmohan Singh inaugurated.

Bihar gifts Shahi lichhis to President, PM, VP

The six-month-old Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar has dispatched a juicy treat to the national capital as "gift" for the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries - 100 packets of Bihar's finest 'Shahi lichhis'.On directives of the state government, the packets of the mouth-watering fruit grown here were today sent to Resident Commissioner of Bihar in Delhi C K Mishra to present them as gift from the new regime in the state to the dignitaries, District Magistrate Vinay Kumar told PTI.

In a rather shocking news twenty nine children from Bihar have been rescued from a factory in Bangalore. They were rescued after two of them escaped from the factory where they had been employed for embroidery work. The man who brought them to Bangalore would force them to work long hours and beat them brutally.
Two of the boys have been hospitalised for the injuries they received. The children, who are between 10 to 14 years of age, came from the Sitamarhi district of Bihar and were employed in a sari embroidery workshop.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

National Law University for Bihar

The Bihar government would set up a National Law University to provide quality law education on the lines of Hyderabad, Banglore and other places.The state Cabinet approved a decision to this effect.Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting, state Cabinet Coordination Secretary Ashok Kumar Chouhan said Rs 1.63 crore had been set aside for the current fiscal to set up the university, to be known as ''Chanakya Rashtriya Vishwvidyalaya''. He said the university would commence work at the local A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, but the government was identifiying a permanent location for it.

He said the government had proposed setting up the university at a sprawling nearly 15 acre land in Mithapur Mohalla of Patna. He said five-year course, three-year course and other courses would be conducted in the university.Mr Chouhan said a law had to be enacted for the establishment of the university, which would launch its first academic session from July-August this year. He said other details were being worked out, adding a quota would be fixed for students of Bihar for admisssion to the university. He said approval would be taken from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for establishing the National Law University, a task mandatory under the law of the land.

Nitish recently said that by 2015 Bihar would emerge as a "developed state" of the country. After attending the meeting of the State Planning Board, Nitish said the government was following the 10-point mission suggested by President APJ Abdul Kalam.

The chief minister said the planning board has been reorganised with former member of the Planning Commission N K Singh as its vice-chairman. The meeting discussed the next five-year plan and the board was asked to prepare a detailed report. The points to be included in the report would deal with the President's 10-point mission dealing with agriculture, education, human resources, revival of Nalanda International University, health services, flood protection, basic infrastructure, tourism and e-governance.

He seems to have taken the Branding exercise really seriously and has approved a proposal for buying new luxury cars for ministers and senior officials.

The government will purchase nearly 60 luxury cars for ministers, chief minister and their security personnel, official sources said. "It has been decided that we will purchase 26 Indigo cars and 26 Scorpios," said an official.Nearly half a dozen specially built, bulletproof Scorpios will be made ready for Nitish Kumar alone because of security threats. It was estimated that the cars would cost Rs 80-90 million to the exchequer.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Patna Girl comes out with flying colours

Students from Bihar continue to prove there talent in board exams.
Shiksha Verma, the Lohia Nagar Mount Carmel High School 10th grader who stood second in the ALL INDIA RANKING, says that had made the entire state very proud and her parents must be commended for instilling the right attitude in her.
Shiksha, who received 97% in the ICSE exams, is the top scorer in Bihar and only second in the entire nation. A humble Shiksha said she would love to pursue a career in computer engineering as 'it has a lot of scope to shine'.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

E-Governance and STP in Bihar

Widespread coverage was given to mass protests and police lathi charge on pro reservation rally in Patna. However some important news items continue to be ignored by media in general.

State Science and Technology Minister Dr. Anil Kumar, while addressing a seminar on 'Environment Science and India' at the NIT campus in Patna, said the software park in Patna would soon be constructed ushering the state into a new era of Information and Technology.The state government has already made available 25 acres of land for the construction of software park in Patna that would rival similar facilities in other parts of the country.Dr. Kumar further said that within a short period of one year, over a dozen engineering colleges would be opened thus bringing an end to the mass exodus of students to similar colleges elsewhere in the nation.
E-Governance for Bihar

In a bid to move ahead with e-governance, the state has proposed to constitute a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the clear-cut objective of bringing about Information Technology (IT) transformation in the state. The SPV would constitute a tripartite joint venture of state-owned Beltron, Tata Consultancy Services and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILFS) at the estimated cost of Rs. 380 million. The SPV would prepare a comprehensive special package for e-governance. Besides, separate e-governance packages would be created for different departments by the joint venture partners, based on the specific requirements of each.According to a state official, apart from preparing software and strategy, the SPV would raise funds for the development and spread of e-governance, and develop information technology infrastructure.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bihar Diary

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday held a one to one meeting with NASSCOM President Kiran Karnik and discussed the scope of development of the Information Technology (IT) sector in the state.Nitish gave an assurance to Karnik that the state government would provide the basic infrastructure required for the development of IT in Bihar.
He however, said this was the preliminary stage of the talks and officials from the state government and NASSCOM will sit and discuss the matter further in details."We will provide all the basic infrastructure required for this. They should select the place first where they want to work, and then we will develop that place according to their needs. They were talking about the international university Nalanda, they will get what whatever facilities are required there,"
said Nitish.
For a change politicians in Bihar have not called for a rally but have joined hands to fight HIV/AIDS and are set to launch an awareness drive, as the disease poses an increasing threat to millions across the state. Alarmed by the rising numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in the state, politicians, cutting across party line, have decided to join in the campaign.

Another news, UNICEF assisted by the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) has decided to launch a massive campaign to make over four lakh girls literate in one month. UNICEF sources told that the BEPC together with UNICEF would launch a massive campaign next month to teach both out-of-school girls and academically weak girls studying in schools. "The campaign will use the accelerated learning strategy developed by Pratham, an NGO", sources said.

The Journey so far

As a group owner (with shared responsibilities) I often question myself am I turning out to be another keystroke happy pseudo intellectual?

Am I really contributing something to the welfare of the group?

What is the relevance of the group in terms of making a significant change?

Is it like just another Bihari group on the web?
When I started Cool Bihari group/ blog I had only one determination that I should be able to make a difference in the way people perceive Bihar. I am of the firm opinion that technology as a social communicative medium will help us in reaching out to people and soliciting views opinions and contributions for making a better BIHAR.

However the idea was not to make it a geriatric society : I wanted all of us to have fun and have a COOL attitude/pride in being a Bihari ….Generations of Bihar folks have over the country/world carry a guilt/shame and are not happy about connecting back to there roots.

Bihari folks as individuals have excelled all over but as a collective society we’ve failed with a common sense of identity, pride, culture and social relevance.

After almost 11 months of the group being in existence I would think that I’ve been able to achieve a lot in what I’d set out to achieve …When I started out world wide web had no BLOG DEDICTED TO BIHAR.I still recall the early days when people used to send 10-12 mails everyday asking how long do you think the good news from Bihar will keep coming.

People from all over the world love to know more about Bihar, the culture, tradition and the people.

On a personal note I think it’s being like an extended family to me, I personally share a very close relationship with each member on the group .I know most of them personally but even if they have joined the group through net we’ve always shared an intense bond.

My biggest joy ever since I’ve joined the group is to discover so many of us share a common dream and love for our state. I agree that being a virtual group we have limitations but I guess now that we are living in Thomas Friedman’s “flat world “it’s not a handicap but rather an advantage as we are finding it out with our Patna Rice initiative.

Yes we are today working as a pressure group and I think the way we took up Ragav’s Radio, Patna Rice, and portrayal of Bihar in media as a serious task I’m sure we’ll come up with better results.

But some of the other positives I look at is the way in which new pride is being associated of being a Bihari…Let’s not expect too much too soon it’ll be a long drawn process which will require lots of efforts and brainstorming before we can finally make some ground level changes but I’m sure and highly optimistic about the future of the group and our State.

Without taking names I would say that each one of you have given immense contribution in brining the group together. Some of you may not be replying to each and every post but I know for sure that a smile must be appearing on your faces while reading the posts on the group. I think those particular moments when we’ll smile and get an essence and feel of being a Bihari is the group’s biggest achievement.

I can go on and on but I hope I’ve conveyed the message, let’s just stay connected and keep pushing ourselves despite our daily commitments.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

XLRI to train Bihar Govt. Employees

In a exiting news Government employees in Bihar — from grade IV workers to senior officials — are in for some B-school lessons.

The Nitish Kumar administration is set to enter into a tie-up with Jamshedpur’s XLRI School of Management in a bid to boost the image of the state machinery.

Under the programme that is expected to start in July, the premier business school will impart training to thousands of state employees cutting across categories.

Additional chief secretary of Bihar A.K. Choudhary told The Telegraph that the NDA government was serious about changing work culture in the various state departments. “We are tying up with XLRI, which will impart training to our employees from the secretariat to collectorates in all the districts. This is an initiative by chief minister Nitish Kumar himself,” Choudhary said at the local circuit house here.

Choudhary today held talks with senior XLRI officials to finalise the nitty-gritty of the training programme. The meetings were held with the faculty members of the management development programme (MDP) and the institute’s director, Father N. Casimir Raj.

The programme envisages tips on quality of leadership, attitude and behavioural change, group activities and development of a people-friendly approach.

The XLRI director appeared ready for the challenge. “It is an excellent opportunity for the institute as well…. We are working with the Bihar government in a bid to help it develop the state’s human resource,” he said, adding that the course, which will be conducted in the steel city, will start in July.

Sources pointed out that MDP coordinator E.M. Rao will oversee the project, which will feature targeted course content and modules prepared with the help of experts.

A senior government official in Patna said: “Much needs to be done to improve the image of the government, which has gone down in public memory over the past decade.”
Now that’s a real cool move I’m sure the learning will be two way. E M Rao has vast industry experience and it’s going to be a all new experience for him too.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bihari Woman gets recognition

Another poor woman from Bihar has made her state proud with her dedication, commitment and willpower.

Ragini Devi, from Balthi Rasoolpur village in Muzaffarpur district, has been chosen as ‘India’s first Asadharan Mahila (unusual woman)’ for her path-breaking move to take up vegetable cultivation and inspire hundreds of women to take it up as a means of livelihood.

The 42-year-old Ragini Devi will inaugurate an international woman’s conference along with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Friday. She will light the inaugural lamp along with Kalam and share the dais with the president - a rare chance for a woman from her background - during the two-day conference.

She was chosen for the award by New Delhi-based Grassroots magazine. Ashwani Kumar, district convenor of the NGO Sansarg, said Ragini Devi had joined Sansarg five years ago to work in her village for women’s empowerment. ‘She started vegetable cultivation in her village and inspired dozens to earn their livelihood through her initiative,’ Kumar said.

Ragini Devi’s move to take up vegetable cultivation made her a household name in Bochhan block in Muzaffarpur. ‘Thanks to her, vegetables, which were cultivated at a small level a few years ago, are now sent to different places across India and exported too,’ Kumar said.
And Ragini Devi is alone credited for all the success.

Early this year, Girija Devi, a poor and illiterate Dalit woman from Bihar, was selected to represent India at an international UN-sponsored seminar for her work in an anti-liquor drive in rural areas. Girija Devi, in her late 50s and a mother of four, belongs to Chipulia village in east Champaran district.

Last year, two Dalit women from Madhuban district - Tiliya Devi and America Devi - were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.

In December 2004, 14-year old Guriya Khatoon, a Muslim girl from a poor Bihar family, was selected by UNICEF to represent India at the release of its report in London. The United Nations Children’s Fund had earlier selected Lalita, a Dalit girl from Bihar’s Mushhar community, to feature on the cover of the State of the World’s Children 2004 report.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Journey Back Home

A young Guyanese-American chronicles her journeys in three continents as she attempts to ascertain her family's removal from their native India, during the British rule, to Guyana and her parent's subsequent migration from their birth country, Guyana.

In her journey to find her roots Shundell Prasad has produced a , a one-hour documentary film titled “A Journey Back to India”.

According to a press release Prasad's search takes the viewer from the vibrant Indo-Caribbean neighbourhoods in Queens, New York, " the sweltering hot sugarcane fields of Guyana, where men toil over the land as their forefathers did a century ago when they were brought to the cane fields..."

The journey continues from Guyana, where ship records are secured from the National Archives, to the ports of Calcutta, India, where the 19th Century East India Company ships carried human cargo out. From Calcutta, the filmmaker journeys into the land of her ancestors in Bihar, India, where massive crowds await the sight of a returned daughter.

Come May 12 the Bombay Theatre in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York, will host the world premiere of the film. It has already been previewed at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas international conference in Hyderabad, India in January last on the invitation of the Indian Government. Prasad was a speaker at the conference.

Prasad is a graduate of a New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in film and television production. After graduation she worked with HBO documentaries before setting off to make her film. The 25-year-old has also worked for many major media outlets in the US.

Prasad was asked about her motivation behind making the film and she was quoted as saying; "I started researching this film while I was still in university, simply because I wanted to know why I looked Indian, but did not have any connections or ties with India. During the process, I became aware of the massive international India Diaspora, which is estimated to be well over 20 million people..."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Revival of Sugar Mills in Bihar

Bihar’s famous sugar mills are all set to revive as Riga Sugar Company (RSCL), the sugar outfit of Kolkata based O P Dhanuka group, is planning to tap the overseas market with Rs 40 crore foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) to finance its capacity expansion plan, said an official release by the company.
The new Bihar government has announced an incentive package for establishment and expansion of sugar units. "After Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will be the new growth zone for sugar industry," said O P Dhanuka, the chairman and managing director of Riga Sugar.The company has a 3,500 ton crushing per day (TCD) capacity sugar mill at Sitamarhi in Bihar and is planning to expand the capacity to 5,000 TCD in the next year in order to become one of the biggest sugar mills in the state.

In another boost to industrail investment in Bihar “Coimbatore-based sugar major Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Ltd has chosen Bihar for its foray into the north to set up two integrated sugar complexes.

The single-window State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) has already received Detailed Project Reports (DPR) from Rajshree in this regard. The company proposes to set up two integrated sugar complexes by investing a total of Rs 480 crore in two Bihar districts: Rs 242 crore for the East Champaran project and Rs 238 crore for the one in Madhubani.

Early next week, the company will file a DPR for another project in Muzaffarpur district. Apart from the three new mills, Rajshree has also applied for revival of three state-owned mills, now shut, in Madhubani, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Lalu to enter IIM-A

Lalu ban gaya gentleman .... :-)

Lalu Prasad may soon make it to IIM-Ahmedabad. The B-school is studying the Indian Railways turnaround story to make it a case study for its students. Impressed by the healthy balance sheet of the railways, G Raghuraman, professor of public systems group at IIM-A, will lead a team to hold discussions with Lalu and his officials later this week. Whether the turnaround can be sustained once the RJD chief moves out of Rail Bhavan will also be built into the case study.

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